2010 Beta 400 RR Review — Motorcycle USA

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Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400

2010 Beta 400 RR Review

known for its trials Beta Motors has separated itself KTM and have produced some noteworthy machines, like the Beta 400 RR.

the beaten path” is a mantra plenty of us trail riders by. It’s where you’re to find individuality, the promise of and not to mention the best single-track in the In our case, and in a quite literal of the phrase, the “beaten path” be the motocross track.

While we may see beyond the berms when it to terrain, many of us still tunnel vision when it to selecting a tool for the job. The driving force of motocross has some excellent machines are, in turn, great for customizing into off-road but between five major and two classes, it only gives us bikes to choose from.

there’s a great big world with all types of terrain to so it naturally follows that machines would cover a wider scope – more five manufacturers and two displacements – and some unique, exotic Those breeds might be off the path, or off the map entirely when you ask buddy “what’s the best for me?” but when seeking or the promise of adventure, you must dare to deviate from

Beta Motors is still best known for its championship-winning bikes, but that could all be pretty soon. Following the from its cooperation with the Italian manufacturer was faced the challenge of making its own enduro but Beta engineers saw it as an opportunity to and advance they did. The model year has brought it a significant step in the evolution of the line of RR enduro machines.

The RR contains a Beta powerplant even acceleration, which more traction than its the 450 RR.

Our expectations were admittedly when we first swung a leg the all-new 2010 Beta 450 RR – the of the RR line to sport the Italian-made as opposed to running a KTM powerplant. But first effort, Beta knocked it out of the and in hindsight, we shouldn’t have surprised since it’s not their first rodeo. the 450, the 400 RR was quick to earn among our test riders.

of a Beta, it is sturdy, compact and shines in technical terrain. And of a 400cc four-… enduro the motor gives a steady, pull. It doesn’t have the or midrange gusto of the 450, and back-to-back with a 450, the difference is noticeable.

But therein its greatest strength: traction!

The curve of the 400 RR may not be as exciting as its larger but the way it pours on power in a civilized allows it to tractor its way up or through about anything. Add to that the of power – from chugging at bogging speed to a screaming – and the motor is incredibly versatile easy-to-use power on tap everywhere. Its power doesn’t equal too engine braking, either.

The nature of the motor keeps it light and maneuverable on the trail giving a heavy front-end that can often accompany a motor.

Add to that the compact, feel of the Beta 400 RR and you have the of both worlds – the small, feel of a 250cc enduro with the torque of a 450. not to love?

Our first encounter the 400 RR was on a private ranch in Arroyo It was there in the hills of California’s Coast that we got to spend a day the bike’s (and our own) to crawl through rocky beds, climb single trails, speed along roads and plenty more. It take long to pinpoint the strong point – tight, terrain.

And there’s no surprise in that since the company’s roots are in The super-tractable power syncs with the chassis to keep the gripping the ground and moving

While preparing for the Glen 12-hour race it was difficult to a comfortable front-end feel, and the front fork could use improvement.

The only Achilles we noticed initially was that the end was rather slippery on flat turns and the rear wheel like to stay planted. But we a positive change when we the 140 rear tire and put on a 110. The footprint of the Dunlop 952 110/90-18 give better traction on hard-pack, though we have to the 140 its props for things like rocks and crawling through creek beds.

In the Southwest, you’re far more likely to dry hard-pack than anything so we felt much more on the Dunlop meats.

Speaking of dry we decided to put the Beta through its in more familiar surroundings – the 12 Hours of Glen Helen. run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Helen 12 Hour is a treacherous run in scorching hot temperatures. This race, however, was run from 5 to 5 a.m. the majority of the race place at night.

The heat was still an issue, but the night made things easier, it gave us an excuse to outfit our 400 RR with an HID headlight – courtesy of Designs.

When it came to the ridges of Glen Helen and the dust and punishing chop, it was to come up with a comfortable on the Beta that satisfied the group. The biggest challenge was a comfortable front-end feel. square-edge bumps the Marzocchi deliver a hard hit to the rider at speed.

While the bike as a whole very well, the fork is everyone on the team agreed use improvement.

True, the 400 RR is considered of a woods bike and not a West GP specialist, so to be fair it was out of its element. we wanted to throw everything we at the Beta, in the name of testing its and versatility. Don’t get us wrong – the 400 is no When we call it a woods and say that it doesn’t have the of a 450, by no means do we mean it’s slow.

Just it’s not a thoroughbred doesn’t it’s a pack mule.

The 400 was more comfortable in a woods where technical terrain the bike to shine.

Once we had it out in the in places like Glen we discovered that the linear of the motor builds up to an incredible with gobs of overrev. be surprised when you find accelerating into a high-speed when you’re wringing it The sudden burst of power can be

The 400 tackled the hills, ridges, downhills and rough straights for on end, and even dove the water without any complaints a broken water main an impromptu river which several sections of the track. The problem we encountered at the 12 Hour was seven hours into the Around midnight the bike into the pits with the loose.

The culprits were the two securing the bar mount to the triple and apparently it’s a common Fortunately the fix is simple – and the problem is avoidable. Simply add some and tighten the bolts.

Of course, to find this out our race wasn’t ideal, but from that, we didn’t any mechanical issues with the during the 12 Hours of Glen

So how did we finish? Well. no one got hurt and all still speaking to each so we’ll call it a success!

Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400

several weeks with the mostly woods and trail we still found ourselves for added straight-line high-speed so we opted for a Scotts Performance stabilizer. The addition of a steering proved ideal especially in rough conditions, and in another to really put the 400 to the test, we lined up for the M.C. 100-mile Classic – a two-hour desert race in California.

On the 11-mile course were plenty of exceedingly high-speed straights along a motocross track, a “junk section, multiple mud-holes and sections and a few city streets in just for fun.

The Beta 400 RR did well in a two-hour scramble where its compact size it to master motocross sections.

The performed remarkably well in the scramble. In fact, it felt the race was built for the 400 RR. Its compact made it ideal for the motocross as well as the sweeping berms, one another. It doesn’t have the heavy feel of most 450 bikes which makes through tight turns a (literally) on the Beta. The multitude of sections throughout the course a breeze throughout the race, wasn’t a surprise.

The steering made up for what the tight specialist lacks in fast For added high-speed stability we have also choppered it out a by dropping the fork tubes a few but we ran it at stock height and felt it was an good combination of moto-like prowess and high- speed

We advise not getting too carried with the “motoey” feel of the While it may turn like a it doesn’t jump like Sky it out over a big double and the RR will remind you that it is an off-roader – not a Landing might be comparable to down at Denver International on a day.

Incidentally, both the and shock have great resistance.

The installation of the steering however, was trickier than we Useful tip: The Beta do not have castle nuts on the column, so when you loosen the triple clamp, be ready for the tubes to come barreling out at the of an Olympic bobsled. We also had to down some frame on the steering head in order to get the ring to seat properly.

But all was said and done, it was definitely the added effort.

The stock 140 tire felt squirrely on turns, but swapping it out with a 110 helped the rear wheel much better in dry conditions.

The support of the damper did a lot for the stability of the overall. In the fast, rough the shock really shined as Great at tackling tight we know, but high speeds and abuse was a challenge for Sachs we’ve tested in the past.

At the Glen Helen 12 hour and at the Scrambles the 2010 Sachs flat out rocked. There was no kicking or rebounding and the rear did anything unpredictable. With a wheelbase, keeping the rear of the in line is super-easy on the Beta, may also be why it’s so easy to

Throughout both events the of the shock remained consistent, and to get better as it broke in. Speaking of in, the seat will also much more comfortable it may feel at the dealership.

We can’t say the same about the fork, wasn’t what we’d bad, but just out-gunned compared to the level of Showa, and WP components of plenty other bikes. It remained consistent and misbehave anywhere in particular, but our would have appreciated a supple initial feel, over chop and square-edge which are a SoCal epidemic.

looking forward to even time on the Beta 400 RR before it has to go but after a few months of seat on it, we feel we’ve gotten a thorough impression. It was literally out the carton when we first a leg over it, and as it’s broken in it has gotten better. The fit and finish improved in the last few years, and the plastics all the way down to the core, the construction instills confidence in its quality.

The push-button seat is a nice touch and gives tool-less airbox entry. The body work keeps it fresh and doesn’t show nearly as much as darker plastics can.

Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400
Beta RR 400


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